Moscow: T. Ris, 1868. Part I: , 297, 146. Part II. , 186; Part 3 , 284; Part IV: , 336; Part V: , 323; Part VI: , 290 pp. Octavo. In 3 volumes. Period bindings with new spines, pre-revoluitionary previous owner’s ink stamps on title pages (Iv.P. Barsukov), original wrappers from parts II-VI preserverd in bindings. Occasional foxing, otherwise very good neat copy.
The first edition of one of the greatest Russian novels.
Unlike Tolstoy’s other masterpiece, ‘Anna Karenina’, and many of Dostoevsky’s works, ‘War and Peace’ first appeared in full in book form, not in periodicals. It happened because some chapters of the novel were published under the title “Tysiacha Vosemsot Piatyi God” [i.e. The Year 1805] in the magazine ‘Russkii Vestnik’ (1865). According to Tolstoy’s letters to wife (1867), he planned to handle it for some months but it took at least a year to correct, edit and print parts 1-4. Despite a very high price, the work was sold well and the parts were reprinted the same year. The volumes 5-6 followed them in 1869.
Only copy located in University of North Carolina, according to Worldcat, incomplete set is in Library of Congress.